- From: Tru Dat <georgeswk@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 07:32:52 -0800
The extent of the American Imperial system!
In Mongolia, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Army Pacific lead annual
Khaan Quest military exercises with the host country¹s armed forces
and those of assorted American NATO and Asian allies in preparation
for deployments to war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan. This year¹s
Khaan Quest included troops from in addition to the U.S. and
Mongolia Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore and South
In addition to countries in the Asia-Pacific region with which the
U.S. maintains Cold War-era defense treaties Australia, Japan, the
Philippines, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand the Pentagon has
recently conducted military exercises and training in South and
Southeast Asia nations like Bangladesh, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka,
Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei, Malaysia and Cambodia.
Last July the U.S. led the two-week Angkor Sentinel military exercise
in Cambodia with troops from 26 nations including Britain, France,
Germany, Italy, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia and the
Philippines, described by Prime Minister Hun Sen as ³a symbol of the
strong military ties between the US and Cambodia.² 
U.S. Army Pacific will lead a follow-up exercise, Angkor Sentinel
2011, in Cambodia next May.
The III Marine Expeditionary Force, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force of
the U.S. Marine Corps, is currently running ground and amphibious
reconnaissance exercises and combat diving training with counterparts
from the armed forces of Singapore on Guam ³in order to sustain
tactical proficiency and support the Pacific Command Commander¹s
Theater Security Cooperation Program.²  Singapore has deployed
troops under the command of NATO¹s International Security Assistance
Force for the war in Afghanistan along with fellow Asia-Pacific
nations Malaysia, Mongolia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Australia, New
Zealand and Tonga.
The Pentagon is building a $12.5 billion ³super base² in Guam ³in an
attempt to contain China¹s military build-up.²
The construction ³will include a dock for a nuclear-powered aircraft
carrier, a missile defence system, live-fire training sites and the
expansion of the island¹s airbase. It will be the largest investment
in a military base in the western Pacific since the Second World War,
and the biggest spend on naval infrastructure in decades.²
In addition, ³The US is also investing another £126 pound [$197]
million on upgrading infrastructure at the British-owned Indian Ocean
atoll of Diego Garcia, 700 miles south of Sri Lanka.² 
A Russian report of last month quoted analyst Andrei Kortunov of the
(pro-Western) New Eurasia Foundation on American military strategy in
relation to Guam: ³Americans do not say officially that this base is
being created to contain China¹s military build-up. But if we look at
the map and compare the military potential of the countries
surrounding the Pacific Ocean, it won¹t be difficult for us to
understand that, most likely, China is exactly the key factor which is
taken into consideration here.²
He was further cited claiming that ³There are many American military
facilities in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean.
³They are scattered over a large territory north of Alaska across
Okinawa and as far as the Hawaiian Islands, where, traditionally, the
U.S. Navy has a stronghold. Which means that there are many U.S.
military facilities there, which form an arc and which must guarantee
America¹s hegemony in the Pacific Ocean.² ... (cont)
Karma, What a concept!
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